Police dogs die in heatwave car

Author: By Theo Usherwood, Press Association

The dogs were found dead in a police car parked outside Nottinghamshire’s
force headquarters in Arnold at 2.15pm yesterday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it received a referral from
the force and is deciding whether to investigate. The RSPCA said it was
investigating the incident.

A statement from Nottinghamshire Police said the welfare of its animals was
“of paramount importance”.

It said: “We endeavour to take every measure possible to ensure their
well-being and safety.”

It takes nine weeks of intensive training and costs more than £7,000 before a
police dog can go out on patrol.

The maximum sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is six
months in prison and a £20,000 fine.

Nottinghamshire Police said the handler has not been suspended.

Peter Davies, the force’s assistant chief constable, said: “This is a tragic
incident and we value the important work our police dogs carry out on a
daily basis.

“That is why we swiftly reported this incident to the RSPCA and we will be
working with them very closely.”

It is believed the dogs’ handler was not on duty at the time and had called in
to the force’s headquarters at Sherwood Lodge, leaving the dogs to over-heat
in the parked car.

It is not known how long they were left in the car but temperatures in
Nottingham yesterday hit 29.4C.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “It was reported to us yesterday by Nottinghamshire
Police. We are investigating and they are co-operating with us.

“I am sure this isn’t the first incident and it won’t be the last.”

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